Is your research topic too big to cover in a short paper? Is your topic so specific that sources will be hard to find?
Before you even begin your research, start the process with reference sources-- in the Library's Reference Section or online in our databases. Reference books, like subject encyclopedias, can give you a head start and make your research easier in the long run. Use reference sources to:
MOST IMPORTANT: Encyclopedia of Geography
Collections of Many Online Reference Books in one place:
Columbia Gazetteer of the World. Reference G 103.5 .C 65 1998
Cultural Geography: A Dictionary of Key Concepts. General GF 4 .C 858 2005.
Demographic Yearbook [United Nations]. Reference HA 17 .D 45
Dictionary of Geography. Reference G 63 .E 47 2007.
Geography Basics. Reference G 116 .G 475 2004.
Glossary of Flood Terms. (floodsmart.gov)
Historical Dictionary of World Political Geography: An Encyclopedic Guide. Reference D 20 .R 16 2001.
Key Concepts in Historical Geography. Reference G 141 .M 68 2014
Water Encyclopedia, Volume 2: Water Quality and Resource Development. Reference TD 345 .L 393 2005 v.2